The Citizen Conference on Sewage Sludge (Conférence citoyenne sur le devenir des boues domestiques issues des stations d'épuration) was initiated and convened by the French environment ministry as part of a national debate on water. Ultimately, 15 citizens deliberated for 2 days.
Problems and Purpose
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
This minipublic was initiated and convened by the environment ministry (Ministère de l’écologie et du développement durable) in the framework of a national debate on water.
Participant Recruitment and Selection
The 15 participants were recruited by the polling institute IFOP.
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Participants met for two training sessions and a two-day public conference in which they questioned experts, before they wrote a final report with eighteen recommendations. Note that information about this mini-public is scarce.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
A report with 18 policy recommendations was issued upon the conclusion of the conference. It is unclear how it was taken into account by public authorities.
Analysis and Lessons Learned
This entry is based on the POLITICIZE dataset. More information can be found at the following links:
- Paulis, Emilien; Pilet, Jean-Benoit; Panel, Sophie; Vittori, Davide; Close, Caroline, 2020, "POLITICIZE Dataset", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/Z7X6GT, Harvard Dataverse, V1
- Pilet J-B, Paulis E, Panel S., Vitori D & Close C. 202X The POLITICIZE Dataset: an inventory of Deliberative Mini-Publics (DMPs) in Europe. European Political Science.